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Sheraton, Thomas –Robert Walker (owner, signed book)
DATE MADE: 1791 EARLY: 1791 LATE: 1791
paper and leather
HOA 10 3/4; WOA 9 1/4; DOA 2 1/4
DESCRIPTION: THE CABINET-MAKER AND UPHOLSTERER’S DRAWING BOOK, IN THREE PARTS… BY T. SHERATON, CABINET-MAKER, London, 1791.The three parts of the book are Part I which includes “GEOMETRICAL LINES AND INSTRUCTIONS as are highly useful to persons of both branches….” Part II includes “PRACTICAL PERSPECTIVE, applied to the Art of representing Furniture in all different situations….” Part III “Is a Repository of various Ornaments….” in Leather bound book with raised bands on spine; red leather label on spine is embossed with gold (see inscription); a trace of embossed decoration remains on front and back covers; book includes a small (5 9/16 x 3 5/8) pencil drawing illustrating what appears to be the decoration of the glazed doors of a bookcase(?). Book includes many engravings illustrating the various pieces described in the text of the volume.
LABEL NOTES: See Acc. 4215, a “Lady’s Desk” made by Robert Walker. This example retains its original Robert Walker, cabinetmaker, label. The label refers to his shop at No. 53 Church Street, Charleston, which he occupied from 1812 until 1820. His copy of THE LONDON BOOK OF PRICES is endorsed to indicate he was in Cupar, Scotland (across from Edinburgh) in 1791-1793; he was in New York from October 1793-November 1795. The MESDA files place Walker in NYC by October 1793 and in Charleston by October or November 1795. Walker became a citizen of the United States in 1799. He is first listed as a cabinetmaker at 57 Broad Street in 1801; at 39 Church Street the same year. Also in that year, he was admited into the St. Andrews Society. In 1810, he was listed at 19 Elliott Street and at 53 Church Street from 1812 (in that year he married Margaret Murdoch). He was, for a time, partners with Charles Watts.
Among his most interesting advertisements, one in 1805 lists card and pembroke tables of satinwood; one in 1810 lists (among materials for sale) “Mahogany boards, Plank Veneers, Sattin Wood, Holly, best Dublin Glue….” Walker sold various woods, cabinet hardware, etc. throughout his life in Charleston.